By Grady Sutton

“And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘drink from it, all of you.’” Matthew 26:27 Jesus was thankful. One of the greatest displays of Christ’s gratitude is seen in the upper room. Here, He “took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me’” (Luke 22:19). Jesus’ thankfulness was not based on His present circumstances. He was about to endure the worst possible horror. His thankfulness was a habit, demonstrating humility in the face of the grace and glory the cross would ultimately bring. We are called to thankfulness. It’s a habit every believer must develop. We are born self-centered, so this habit must be cultivated! Our love for Jesus’ sacrifice should overflow in gratitude no matter the circumstances. Let’s work to develop the habit of thankfulness.


Start a thankfulness journal. Each evening, write down three things you were thankful for that day. In one year, you will have recorded over 1,000 things you are thankful for and will be on your way to discovering what the habit of thankfulness really means.


Encourage your students to journal things they are thankful for every day. Pick one night a week where you can share your journals together.


Help your children write three things they are thankful for each night before bed. Encourage them to pray and thank God for those things.


Lord Jesus, forgive me for not being thankful. Your goodness and faithfulness to me are neverending. Thank You for patiently loving me.